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Menlo Park, Redwood City & Woodside Sued by PG&E to Replace 80 Year Old Gas Line
In an attempt to replace three miles of an old gas line and hopefully prevent another catastrophic explosion like the one in San Bruno PG&E has filed three separate lawsuits against the cities of Menlo Park, Redwood City and Woodside so that they would be able to access real estate owned by both public entities and private owners. The line at issue, “Line #109,” was installed in the 1930’s and has been ordered replaced by the California Public Utilities Commission.
Because significant real estate development has occurred over sections of the old pipe line over the last eighty plus years the State of California statutorily has granted PG&E the right to exercise the power of eminent domain. PG&E states in its lawsuit that it has made fair-market value offers to the property owners but has received limited response and must proceed with expediency.
The locations of the proposed replacement are sections of real estate near Interstate I-280 north of Sand Hill Road, near Woodside Road to Farm Hill Boulevard, and near Eden Bower Lane to Wilmington Way. Sections of Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club are also affected by the easement PG&E is requesting.
The proposed replacement pipeline is a 24” high quality steel gas line with automated valves that can be operated remotely. This hi-tech gas line will also be equipped with internal monitoring and inspection tools/gauges.
Assuming PG&E is successful in their lawsuits seeking easements to install the new gas line the existing property owners will be able to use and access their property, but will not be allowed to construct and structures, plant trees, or do anything that would disrupt the operation of the gas line.
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Choosing the Right Realtor® Can Make a HUGE Difference in Your Home Buying or Selling Experience!
Almost everyone knows a real estate agent. However, all agents are not created equally. This is easy to tell when you compare an agent’s experience to others, compare how long they have been in the business, and most importantly how many closed real property transactions they have to their name.Read More »
New Jobs and a New Palo Alto Facility
One hundred thirty new jobs and 82,000 square feet of new facilities opened March 25, 2014 in Palo Alto which will house the Advanced Materials and Thermal Sciences Center for Lockheed Martin.Read More »
Off-market, private, or pocket listings are becoming more and more commonplace as sellers are somehow being persuaded to keep their properties off of the Multiple Listing Service during this hot real estate.Read More »
Staging is Worth the Investment
Staging has entered into the ‘standard of practice’ in preparing a home to place on the real estate market. Making a great first impression, whether via photos on the web, or as the purchaser walks into the front door, has never been much more essential when marketing a property. In fact it is tantamount to having a listing look it’s best for the marketplace.Read More »
Things to Consider for Choosing Your Neighborhood
Finding a good neighborhood to live in is probably more important as choosing the actual physical home. The neighborhood needs to be secure, fit your budget and your ideal lifestyle.Read More »
Votes in the MidPen jurisdiction, which includes many cities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties will be presented with an opportunity to approve a bond measure to help fund a $300 million bond measure for park funding. A two-thirds vote will be necessary for approval.Read More »
Weigh in on the Palo Alto Foothills Park Expansion
The Palo Alto Resident-Only Foothills Park may be expanding under a current proposal in front of the Palo Alto City Council. In a memo to council members 7.7 acres of city-owned land next to the exclusive Foothills Park preserve was described as an environmentally important riparian (next to water) corridor.Read More »
Fiduciary Duty to Whom? Real Estate Teams Can’t Possibly Uphold Their Fiduciary Duties To Sellers
A dual agency real estate relationship exists when a real estate agent or a broker represents both sides of a real estate transaction. A common theme in today’s marketplace is where a “Team” hosts an Open House and if a buyer walks in and wants to offer on the house the “Team” will provide a buyer’s agent. Well, in this situation, the fiduciary duty owed to the seller goes right out the window because the “Team” has both “implied” and “actual” knowledge of the seller’s inside information. It’s impossible for the “Team” to adequately and faithfully uphold their fiduciary duties to the seller in this fact pattern. How can a “Team” representing both the buyer and seller in the same transaction get the highest price for the seller and the lowest price for the buyer without communicating confidential information during this exchange? It’s impossible. By definition an agent is required to act as a fiduciary towards their clients, however, under a dual agency scenario it is impossible to be a fiduciary for both a buyer and a seller in the same transaction; and splitting up a buyer’s agent from the seller’s agent in a scenario where they are from the same “Team” such as this does not pass the smell test.Read More »
Palo Alto’s California Avenue Farmers Market – Kick-Off This Sunday
The new and expanded California Avenue Farmer’s Market is kicking off this Sunday, March 23 from 9A to 1P. This expanded market will help the city’s massive streetscape project which also began this week.Read More »
Palo Alto Plans New Bike Routes Throughout City
Three decades after Palo Alto turned Bryant Street into the nation’s first “bicycle boulevard,” the city council is hearing a proposal to create similar bike-friendly routes on Greer Road, Wilkie Way, Park Boulevard and Stanford Avenue.Read More »
Many Memories Were Made at the Palo Alto High School Gym
After 85 years of being a focal point for Viking pride and hosting thousands of events such as games, dances, and rallies, Palo Alto High School community members, esteemed alumni, and current students and staff will spend the afternoon of Sunday, March 16, bidding farewell to their beloved gymnasium.Read More »
Some People Think it’s Too Big
A supermarket that is expected to open in Palo Alto’s Alma Village next month is already drawing complaints over a large sign that recently was installed on Alma Avenue. The large sign is crucial for the grocery store’s survival according to the owner, and the City Council has already approved the size of the sign.Read More »
In an effort to be more green oriented the Palo Alto City Council unanimously approved a requirement for all new homes built in the city to be pre-wired to charge electric vehicles.Read More »
Google Inks Wi-Fi Deal in Downtown Mountain View
Google Inc. said that it is ready to replace its Wi-Fi network in downtown Mountain View which will make the area a ‘free’ outdoor wireless hotspot.
On Tuesday night the Mountain View City Council voted to approve a new five-year contract with Google Inc. which will be in charge of the installation.
Google Inc. also gave a $500,000 grant to install and maintain networks at several city wide community facilities.
Mountain View’s eight-year old existing Wi-Fi network has had some problems with reliability and performance.
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Officials approve exploring an expanded shuttle system, new agency to manage traffic-reduction
After months of debate about new garages and permit programs, Palo Alto officials shifted gears on Monday in their search for parking solutions when they approved an ambitious initiative aimed at getting drivers out of cars altogether.Read More »
Palo Alto’s city council is set to approve a $7.1 million overhaul of the city’s California Avenue commercial corridor as soon as next month — a much higher price tag than previously assigned to the economic development project.Read More »
Inventory of homes and residences in Palo Alto moved up slightly this week. Currently there are 23 homes and residences listed for sale in Palo Alto proper. Seven of these properties have been on the market for less than seven (7) days.Read More »
Palo Alto Schools Superintendent Kevin Skelly informed teachers, parents, and school district personnel them that he will resign at the end of the school year from the Palo Alto Unified School District.Read More »
The non-profit Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce has signed a new 10-year lease at the 101 Lytton Avenue four-story “Lytton Gateway” office development. The Lytton Gateway is located at the corner of Lytton and Alma Street in downtown Palo Alto.Read More »